JW Middle School

John Witherspoon Middle School hosts an after-school seed-to-table program, JW Cooks+Gardens, which teaches students how to grow and prepare food for themselves and their families. Based on the success of our after-school program, the PPS administration returned a seed-to-table food literacy program to the school day in January 2016.

We are also working with NutriServe on a Plant-Rich Pilot for the JW Middle School cafeteria.

In the JW Teaching Kitchens

January 5, 2018

A big thank you to Chef Michelle Fuerst and Priscilla Hayes, garden educator, and Eddie Cohen, science supervisor at PPS, for volunteering their time for a holiday cookie-baking extravaganza in the JW Teaching Kitchens this afternoon! And thanks for dropping in for the festivities, Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane! Nice to have you in the kitchen!
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Note of thanks from JW

January 5, 2018

IMG_2070CHARDCORE: Jason Burr, principal of John Witherspoon Middle School, writes to thank Princeton School Gardens Cooperative for funding of the part-time edible gardens educator position for the school year 2017-18. The funding, provided by a partnership between the bent spoon and Whole Earth Center of Princeton, makes possible the seed-to-table efforts of Priscilla Hayes, master gardener, under way in the school’s Food Science course and also in the 501c3’s JW Cooks+Gardens program under the culinary direction of Chef Michelle Fuerst. That’s Mr. Burr with a celebratory bouquet of just-picked Swiss Chard from the JW Edible Gardens – in December!

Chef Michelle Fuerst and Master Gardener Priscilla Hayes created a stellar send-off menu for JW Cooks + Gardens students for the last class: salad from the school’s edible gardens, followed by frozen yogurt with gingersnaps! Students put their own spin on the yogurt – some used New Jersey’s Sweet Sourland Farms maple syrup, others used molasses and one made a vegan version with coconut milk. Students practiced knife skills by dicing candied ginger for their cookie dough. Thanks to everyone who makes this after-school program possible: our funders, McCaffrey’s Food Markets and Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund; Jason Burr, principal at JW and other administrators at Princeton Public Schools; Janet Gaudino, 8th grade science teacher and our advisor for the program; all our volunteers who ensured safety and empowerment for participants. Where would we be without each other?

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